PRESS RELEASE: SMALL TOWN ALBERTA WOMAN FOLLOWS BIG DREAMS: Canadian studies lingerie design in UK, returns for Western Canada Fashion Week before starting dream design job in Germany
As a young woman, Kimberly Hamilton of Lloydminster, Alberta struggled to find bras in larger cup sizes. A selection of lingerie beyond a DD cup wasn’t widely available and in 2001, she discovered European brands at a small independent bra boutique in Edmonton and was hooked. Kimberly worked there during her Business Administration studies at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and continued to work in the bra boutique after her graduation in 2003, as a seamstress and bra-fitter for five years.
Always passionate about sewing and fitting garments, she studied locally in Edmonton with designer and pattern drafting instructor, Trudy Jansen, as well as travelling to Humboldt, Saskatchewan to train with Canada’s own bra-sewing guru, Beverly Johnson of Hamilton, Ontario.
In 2012, Ms. Hamilton decided to move from Edmonton to Leicester, United Kingdom, to pursue a Contour Fashion Degree at De Montfort University (DMU). The program, established in 1947, was created to support the local corset industry. Contour Fashion at DMU is the oldest and most successful degree-level course in intimate apparel and is widely regarded by industry experts as one of the best in the world. In July 2015, Kimberly graduated with First Class Honours and is working to establish herself as an intimates designer with her brand, Kimtimates.
“Returning to studies later in life was certainly challenging,” says Kimberly, who left a stable marketing job at the corporate offices of a regional bank, and her eight year marriage to pursue her dream to design lingerie. “The journey was certainly worth it. I had a clear idea in my mind that I wanted to learn everything that I could about designing larger cup bras, and how to create better fitting bras. I’ve had many incredible opportunities to work with people in the industry, and found a supportive mentor to guide me, and now I’ve landed my dream job, straight out of university. It’s never too late to follow your dreams, no matter how big they are,” she says.
Kimberly’s degree collection of six outfits, The Enigma Collection, is inspired by WWII codebreaking technology found at Bletchley Park, in the UK. It features highly detailed laser cut elements she custom-designed for the collection, silk trims and sheer panels, along with braided cord strap details and Swarovski crystals. The collection has been designed with the fuller-busted woman in mind with garments produced in 32GG and bottoms offering more coverage than most commercial lingerie designs.
The Enigma Collection will be featured on the catwalk Tuesday, September 22nd, as part of Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW), held at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in Edmonton. WCFW is Canada’s second-largest fashion week and is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
In October, Kimberly will relocate to Flensburg, Germany to join LACE GmbH as their Designer, working on full-busted blouses, lingerie and swimwear in bra sizes 30 - 38 E - H.
Educating women on the benefits of proper fitting bras is important to Kim. Designing lingerie that complements the fuller figure, and is comfortable, on-trend and beautifully constructed is her mission.
We are in charge of our bodies, and we make the decisions that are right for us, with no judgement. Kimtimates supports those who make their own choices about their own bodies. #yourbodyyourchoice #mybodymychoice